Ellis's dystopic narrative, with its full-color tale of a gonzo journalist, shares with mainstream superhero comics a macho ethos that undermines the otherwise cool Watchmen-like script. Spider Jerusalem, a hip reporter of the Hunter Thompson mode, breaks a five-year drug binge on a... read more
Direct sales edition comic book published by DC Comics under their Helix imprint (later switched to the Vertigo imprint). Features the first appearance of Gonzo Journalist Spider Jerusalem. Written by Warren Ellis.
Spider's tale begins when he is forced to leave his beloved mountain and return to the City, (which is the only place where he can truly write but hates), in order to complete the last two volumes of a three-book contract. When Spider returns to the City, he is flat broke. He gets a job... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Spider's tale begins when he is forced to leave his beloved mountain and return to the City, (which is the only place where he can truly write but hates), in order to complete the last two volumes of a three-book contract. When Spider returns to the City, he is flat broke. He gets a job writing a weekly column for Mitchel Royce, the editor of the newspaper "the Word". Things kick off from there to Spider "adopting" a cigarette-loving, lizard-eating, two-headed cat and covering the politically explosive Transient movement (followed by humans who alter their genome to become an alien species).
“"Laughter up the street, as the nightclubs melt open. The taste of a city cigarette, smooth and fat. Angels 8 isn't far. A brief clatter of gunfire. The sound of a couple having sex that they've waited the whole day for. The jump of caffeine in my fingers, the crackle of intelligence enhancers in my head. There'll be a taxi waiting for me at the end the of street, because that's just the way things are. City under my feet. Home again."”Spider Jerusalem
“"Y'see, they say that journalism is the art of controlling your environment, but that's all wrong. I can't control anything with this typewriter. All this is, is a gun... Journalism is just a gun. It's only got one bullet in it, but if you aim it right, that's all you need. Aim it right and you can blow a kneecap off of the world."”Spider Jerusalem
“My household appliance is on drugs. Horrible.”Spider Jerusalem
“There's one hole in every revolution, large or small. And it's one word long -- people. No matter how big the idea is they all stand under, people are small and weak and cheap and frightened. It's people that kill every revolution.”Spider Jerusalem